Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at their 209th Exhibition 2021.

An invitation to exhibit your watermedia work alongside the best watercolour artists at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 209th Exhibition.

"This exhibition, our 209th, has a prize fund of over £8,000 and as always will exhibit the work of selected artists alongside that of RI members. Last year we exhibited just under 450 works of art, almost half being by non-member artists, in the largest exhibition of its kind" - Rosa Sepple, President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 

The RI welcomes watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.

The exhibition offers the opportunity to win awards, worth over £8,000, and have your work seen by thousands of visitors including buyers and collectors.

Prizes include:

The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000

The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials

The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old

* * * DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 5 MARCH | EXHIBITION DATES UPDATED * * *

To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only.

Selectors will make an assessment of each work based on the digital images supplied, following which selected artists will be asked to deliver their accepted work to Mall Galleries for exhibition.


How to Submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Selection from online entries will take place, after which selected artworks should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for exhibition:

- Upload images of work at mallgalleries.oess1.uk before 12 noon on Friday 5 March [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check mallgalleries.oess1.uk on Friday 19 March, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been selected for exhibition

- If selected, deliver your work on Saturday 8 May or Sunday 9 May, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD


Important Dates

Submissions open: Monday 16 November 2020, 12 noon

Submissions close: Friday 5 March 2021, 12 noon

Selection notification: Friday 19 March, 12 noon

Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 8 May and Sunday 9 May, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 20 May, 11am to 4pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 29 May, 4pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 3 June and Friday 4 June, 10am to 5pm


Conditions

Eligibility

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
  • Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.
  • Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
  • Maximum of six works submitted.
  • Maximum of four works selected.
  • All paintings must be well presented, glazed and suitably framed (no metal or clips frames are permitted).
  • Works must not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide including the frame. The Council have the right to withdraw paintings that are over this limit.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £350.
  • The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.

  • Works that are poorly presented or differ significantly from the photograph entered will not be exhibited.

Delivery & Collection

  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.

Selection

  • The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Institute.
  • Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs: https://www.gov.uk
  • Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post Art as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post Art - Tel: 07833 450788 /  Email: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

Terms & Conditions


Art Couriers

If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, several art couriers around the country visit the galleries, including:

Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) - artmoveschelsea@aol.com / 020 7352 7492  

Picture Post Art (Scotland, the North of England and Birmingham) - info@picturepostcompany.co.uk / 07833 450788

South Hams Express (Penzance, Totnes, Exeter and Southampton) - dave.allen500@btinternet.com / 07502 041139

For a fuller list of Art Couriers, click here


Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000

The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials

The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old

The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple

The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester

The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence

The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour

The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour

The Debra Manifold RI Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition

The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting

The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons

The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition

The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell

The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world

The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour

The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.